Australia’s Pete Jacobs and Victoria’s Magali Tisseyre both ran their way to Ironman 70.3 Philippines titles today.
Tisseyre trailed Australia’s Michellie Jones out of the water by 8 seconds, closed the gap during the bike with a the top women’s split (2:22:10), made it out on the run first then gradually built a lead thanks to a 1:33:49 women’s best run to take the victory (4:27:01) and a sixth overall placing. Jones finished second in 4:29:23, and Australia’s Rachel Paxton was third (4:42:38). Philippine age group women, Monica Torres (W25-29) and Ani Karina De Leon (W35-39) gave the home crowd an extra boost by finishing fourth and fifth respectively.
Jacobs led from start to finish to earn his win. Defending champion Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) was only 6 seconds down after T1, and by the end of the bike, both headed out of T2 side by side. However, Jacobs laid the hammer down in the heat and humidity of the half marathon, throwing down a 1:21:15 split that no one would come close to, taking the win in 3:58:41 – the only athlete to go sub four hours. Bozzone managed a 1:28:28 (second fastest run) to finish second (4:05:54). Sweden’s Fredrik Croneborg used the top bike split of the day (2:14:20) to secure third (4:14:36)
1. MAGALI TISSEYRE (CAN) 4:27:01
2. MICHELLIE JONES (AUS) 4:29:23
3. RACHAEL PAXTON (AUS) 4:42:38
4. MONICA TORRES (PHL) 5:00:19 *W25-29
5. ANI KARINA DE LEON (PHL) 5:01:56 *W35-39
1. PETE JACOBS (AUS) 3:58:41
2. TERENZO BOZZONE (NZL) 4:05:54
3. FREDRIK CRONEBORG (SWE) 4:14:36
4. LEON GRIFFIN (AUS) 4:17:30
5. COURTNEY OGDEN (AUS) 4:21:00